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Sei whale

Sei whale

Balaenoptera borealis

Sei whale

Sei whale

See all species Derived from the Norwegian word for Pollack, there are two subspecies of the little-known sei whale: the northern and the southern. The nicknames ‘pollack whale’, ‘coalfish whale’ and ‘sardine whale’ come from the fact that the appearance of sei whales often signalled the presence of large numbers of these fish. Other names:…

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115 whales killed for ‘science’

The Japanese Fisheries Agency has announced that 90 sei whales and 25 Bryde’s whales have been slaughtered by its whale hunting fleet in the north western Pacific. The annual hunts started in May  and, according to officials from the Japanese Institute of Cetacean Research the whales have been killed for scientific purposes such as studying…

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Mass stranding of baleen whales discovered in Chile

Scientists in Chile are investigating what may have caused the death of 337 baleen whales, discovered in June washed up on beaches between the Gulf of Penas and Puerto Natales in a remote southern part of the country. The discovery was made after local authorities instigated a wider search after over 20 whales were found in…

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Rare fin whale washes up on UK coast

A dead 13m fin whale, a species of baleen whale, was sighted off the coast of Northern Ireland earlier this week before coming ashore at Portstewart Strand. Fin whales are the second largest species of whale after the blue whale. They are known as the “greyhounds of the sea” due to high speeds they can swim…

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20 dead sei whales washed up off Chile

A group of scientists conducting research in a coastal area of southern Chile have discovered 20 dead sei whales washed up on rocks. The whales were found on the shoreline north of the Gulf of Penas and the cause of death is now being investigated. According to reports, none of the whales, showed signs of…

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Whale meat chef given $5000 fine

A chef from a restaurant in Santa Monica in California, has been given a US$5000 fine after serving meat from an endangered sei whale in an airport restaurant. The incident took place at The Hump, a former restaurant at Santa Monica airport that has now closed. The chef was found guilty for violating the US…

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